and jaclyn cause i love her

anonymous asked:

Who writes good YA prose?

  • TANUJA DESAI HIDIER (writes some of the most miraculous prose anywhere, on the junot diaz level of writing truth in two languages at the same time and expecting you to keep up, is worth waiting twelve years for. though like, dammit tanuja.)
  • e. lockhart, my consistent fave. everyone needs at least one of hers and everyone (esp. actual teen girls) needs frankie landau-banks. was here before john green blurbed one of her books, will be here long after he is faded & forgotten :)
  • jaclyn moriarty, about wit and friendship random startling shocks of beauty (needs to come back from writing random mg fantasy)
  • courtney summers who is causing us pain we all need, courtney summers of the most earned hype around
  • dia reeves, who is eldritch and grinning and loves girls
  • hillary frank (When Will Hillary Frank Return From War, Or Apparently NPR)
  • melina marchetta
  • sarra manning
  • malinda lo
  • nnedi okorafor (sometimes writes ya!)
  • holly black tries too hard and mostly fails but i will stand by the histrionic noir pastiche of her curseworkers series (i’m me)
  • (laini taylor does holly black better)
  • rachel cohn is sloppy and david levithan is soulless but nick & norah’s infinite playlist stands up as greater than both of them put together
  • shannon hale as the heir to gail carson levine’s mantle (though apparently gale carson levine is writing a sequel to the two princesses of bamarre as we very now speak? i’m scared)
  • megan whalen turner is so minimalist that any time she gives you anything it hits home, which is its own gift
  • daniel handler but y’all knew that
  • terry pratchett’s tiffany aching books
  • i’m sorry (and she’s probs run out of juice by now) but louise rennison is so fucking funny
  • single hits of the summer: sona chaipotra/dhonielle clayton’s tiny pretty things is FULL OF PLOT/CHARACTER/PACING/EDITING HOLES but is also at once the most stylish and most visceral thing to come out this year, naomi novik’s uprooted is beautiful and fairytale and you’ve heard me yell my head off about it, i read the summer prince by alaya dawn johnson two years after it came out and it blew me away, i’m looking forward to settling into laura ruby’s bone gap and daniel jose older’s shadowshaper
  • francesca lia block pre-2006 is a relic worth exploring (often dated often purple but god the hanged man particularly holds up)
  • and megan abbott is not y.a. but for the past couple years she has been writing great art about and for teen girls.

off the top of my head.